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The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

ISBN 9781138887961
Published November 2, 2016 by Routledge
640 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies offers an unprecedented collection of essays addressing the key issues and debates shaping the field of Digital Journalism Studies today.

Across the last decade, journalism has undergone many changes, which have driven scholars to reassess its most fundamental questions, and in the face of digital change, to ask again: ‘Who is a journalist?’ and ‘What is journalism?’. This companion explores a developing scholarly agenda committed to understanding digital journalism and brings together the work of key scholars seeking to address key theoretical concerns and solve unique methodological riddles.

Comprising 58 original essays from distinguished academics across the globe, this Companion draws together the work of those making sense of this fundamental reconceptualization of journalism, and assesses its impacts on journalism’s products, its practices, resources, and its relationship with audiences. It also outlines the challenge presented by studying digital journalism and, more importantly, offers a first set of answers.

This collection is the very first of its kind to attempt to distinguish this emerging field as a unique area of academic inquiry. Through identifying its core questions and presenting its fundamental debates, this Companion sets the agenda for years to come in defining this new field of study as Digital Journalism Studies, making it an essential point of reference for students and scholars of journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining Digital Journalism Studies

Scott A. Eldridge II and Bob Franklin

Part I – Conceptualizing Digital Journalism Studies

  1. What’s Digital? What’s Journalism
  2. Asmaa Malik and Ivor Shapiro

  3. Deconstructing Digital Journalism Studies
  4. Laura Ahva and Steen Steensen

  5. Digital Journalism Ethics
  6. Stephen J. A. Ward

  7. The Digital Journalist: The journalistic field, boundaries, and disquieting change
  8. Scott A. Eldridge II

  9. The Time(s) of News Websites
  10. Henrik Bødker

  11. Digital footage from conflict zones: The politics of authenticity
  12. Lilie Chouliaraki

  13. Gatekeeping and Agenda-setting: Extant or extinct in a digital era?
  14. Peter Bro

    Part II – Investigating Digital Journalism

  15. Rethinking Research Methods for Digital Journalism Studies
  16. Helle Sjøvaag and Michael Karlsson

  17. Automating Massive-Scale Analysis of News Content
  18. Thomas Lansdall-Welfare, Justin Lewis and Nello Cristianini

  19. The Ethnography of Digital Journalism
  20. Chris Paterson

  21. Investigating ‘Churnalism’ in real Time News
  22. Tom Van Hout and Sarah Van Leuven

  23. Digital Journalism and Big Data: Conceptualizing the relationship
  24. Seth Lewis

  25. Exploring Digital Journalism with Web Surveys
  26. Annika Bergström and Jenny Wiik

    Part III – Financial Strategies for Digital Journalism

  27. Funding Digital Journalism: The challenges of consumers and the economic value of news Robert Picard
  28. Resourcing a Viable Digital Journalism
  29. Jonathan Hardy

  30. Newspaper paywalls and corporate revenues: A comparative study
  31. Merja Myllylahti

  32. Computational Journalism and the Emergence of News Platforms
  33. Nicholas Diakopoulos

  34. Crowdsourcing in open journalism: Benefits, challenges, and value creation
  35. Tanja Aitamurto

  36. Community and Hyperlocal Journalism: A ‘sustainable’ model?
  37. Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

    Part IV – Digital Journalism Studies: Issues and Debates

  38. Mobile News: The future of digital journalism
  39. Oscar Westlund

  40. Digital Journalism and Tabloid Journalism
  41. Marco T. Bastos

  42. Automated Journalism: A posthuman future for digital news?
  43. Matt Carlson

  44. Citizen Journalism: Connections, contradictions and conflicts
  45. Melissa Wall

  46. User Comments and Civility in YouTube
  47. Thomas B. Ksiazek and Limor Peer

  48. Digital Transparency and Accountability
  49. Martin Eide

    Part V – Developing Digital Journalism Practice

  50. Data, Algorithms and Code: Implications for journalism practice in the digital age
  51. John V. Pavlik

  52. Self-referential Practices in Journalism: Metacoverage and metasourcing
  53. Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Mette Mortensen

  54. Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting
  55. Neil Thurman and Aljosha Karim Schapals

  56. Follow the Click? Journalistic autonomy and web analytics
  57. Edson C. Tandoc Jr.

  58. Journalists’ Uses of Hypertext
  59. Juliette De Maeyer

  60. Computer-mediated Creativity and Investigative Journalism
  61. Meredith Broussard

    Part VI – Digital Journalism and Audiences

  62. Making Audience Engagement Visible: Publics for journalism on social media platforms
  63. Axel Bruns

  64. Constructing News with Audiences: A longitudinal study of CNN’s integration of participatory journalism
  65. You Li and Lea Hellmueller

  66. Revisiting the Audience Turn in Journalism: How a user-based approach changes the meanings of clicks, transparency and citizen participation
  67. Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink

  68. Between Proximity and Distance: Including the audience in journalism (research)
  69. Wiebke Loosen and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

  70. Audiences and Information Repertoires
  71. Uwe Hasebrink

  72. The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Digital News Audiences
  73. Chris Peters

    Part VII – Digital Journalism and Social Media

  74. Transformations of Journalism Culture
  75. Folker Hanusch

  76. Social Media and Journalism: Hybridity, convergence, audiences and fragmentation
  77. Agnes Gulyas

  78. Twitter, Breaking the News and Hybridity in Journalism
  79. Alfred Hermida

  80. Journalists’ Uses of Twitter
  81. Ulrika Hedman and Monika Djerf-Pierre

  82. Facebook and News Journalism
  83. Steve Paulussen, Raymond A. Harder and Michiel Johnson

  84. The Solo Videojournalist as Social Storyteller: Capturing subjectivity and realism with a digital toolkit and editorial vision
  85. David Hedley

    Part VIII – Digital Journalism Content

  86. Converged Media Content: Reshaping the ‘legacy’ of legacy media in the online scenario Jose A. García-Avilés, Klaus Meier and Andy Kaltenbrunner
  87. Newspapers and Reporting: Keystones of the journalistic field
  88. David Ryfe

  89. The New Kids on the Block: The pictures, text, time-shifted audio and podcasts of digital radio journalism online
  90. Guy Starkey

  91. Longform Narrative Journalism: ‘Snow Fall’ and beyond
  92. David Dowling and Travis Vogan

  93. Photojournalism and Citizen Witnessing
  94. Stuart Allan

  95. Developments in Infographics
  96. Murray Dick

    Part IX – Global Digital Journalism

  97. Social Media Transforming News: Increasing public accountability in China – within limits Joyce Nip
  98. Social Media and Radio Journalism in South Africa
  99. Tanja Bosch

  100. A Conundrum of Contras: The ‘Murdochization’ of Indian journalism in a digital age
  101. Prasun Sonwalkar

  102. ‘Data trumps intuition every time’: Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry
  103. Brian McNair and Terry Flew

  104. Social Media Use, Journalism, and Violence in the Northern Mexico Border
  105. Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly

  106. Newsroom Convergence: A comparative study of European public service broadcasting organizations
  107. Ainara Larrondo, Ivar John Erdal, Pere Masip and Hilde Van den Bulck

    Part X - Future Directions

  108. Whistleblowing in a Digital Age: Journalism after Manning and Snowden
  109. Einar Thorsen

  110. Surveillance in a Digital Age

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Epilogue: Digital Journalism, A golden age, a data-driven dream, a paradise for readers – or the proletarianization of a profession?

Toby Miller

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Bob Franklin held the foundation Chair in Journalism Studies at Cardiff University from 2005-2018, is founding editor of the journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies and edits the new book series Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism. Recent publications include The Future of Journalism: In an Age of Digital Media and Economic Uncertainty (2016).

Scott A. Eldridge II is an assistant professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is the author of Online Journalism from the Periphery: Interloper Media and the Journalistic Field (2018) and an associate editor of Digital Journalism.



This outstanding volume includes insights from every leading scholar doing thought provoking research on digital journalism. Everything you need to know about the state of contemporary journalism: the why, the how, and with what effect - it's all here, in this engaging and forward thinking Companion to Digital Journalism Studies.

Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head, Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bob Franklin and Scott Eldridge have created a foundational text for the development of digital journalism studies as an emerging interdisciplinary field of study.  The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies is a masterful collection, addressing key ideas, issues and concerns shaping the field and exploring conceptual, professional, methodological and ethical considerations related to digital journalism studies. Framed globally, this must-read text includes 58 original articles, which focus on the implications of economic, cultural, social, political and technological conditions facing digital journalism studies while addressing key changes in the way people now engage with news and information.

Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University, USA.

The world of news and journalism is changing fast as the internet has become a common means of news gathering and distribution.  The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies offers a comprehensive collection of essays analysing ‘digital journalism’ and ‘Digital Journalism Studies’ and makes an irreplaceable and timely contribution to the field.  Very familiar concepts like news and journalism are now up for complete overhaul, and this essential compilation of original work provides a major input to this task.

Peter Golding, Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University, UK.